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Each year, The College of Biological Sciences offers a series of career development workshops for postdocs and senior-level graduate students, led by a team from Nelson Biomedical (a consulting firm). The workshops focus on developing your communication skills for pursuing alternative (non-tenure track) careers but have relevance to all participants.

The Emerge BioScience program offers case studies, panel discussions, practice sessions, presentations and more to help improve communication and networking skills.

Our Research Group Management course is aimed at postdoctoral scientists and senior graduate students who envision transitioning to a project or group leadership position in academia, industry, or government research. The course will introduce principle areas where advanced planning and knowledge will facilitate a smooth transition to leadership, including best experimental and data tracking practices, managing finances, mentor-mentee relationships, collaborations, and managing field work. 

Additional career development programming is available through the Boreas Leadership Program at the Institute on the Environment. Boreas offers graduate and professional students and post-doctoral fellows free co-curricular leadership development opportunities that build on the strengths of graduate education to create effective change agents. Some spring semester workshops and community hours have been changed to a virtual format. Spring Semester Schedule can be found at:

If you're planning a career in academia, teaching opportunities for postdocs, often with a mentorship, can be arranged at local colleges and universities, as well as the University of Minnesota.

To further your career development, great online resources are listed below:

  1. National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) - The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students. NCFDD are 100% dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers. UMN has an institutional membership meaning that all faculty, post-docs, and graduate students from any of our system campuses have access to NCFDD resources at no cost (See To activate your UMN institutional membership:
    1. Visit
    2. Fill in your registration information
    3. Complete the registration process
    4. You will receive a welcome email within 24 business hours confirming that your account is active and that you can access NCFDD resources
  2. ScienceCareers provides an excellent system called myIDP for deciding on your next career plans and plan for it. Furthermore, they provide a lot of great articles about surviving your postdoc and transitioning on to your next career.
  3. Postdoc Academy provides a comprehensive online program built on the National Postdoctoral Association core competencies to support skill development throughout postdoc training, from orientation to the next career step.
  4. CheekyScientist has videos, articles, and podcasts aimed at assisting PhDs and Postdocs in transitioning to Industry positions. 
  5. The Burroughs Wellcome Fund provides articles and books about the right moves when transitioning to a tenure-track faculty position. 
  6. LinkedInLearning (Formerly is an online educational platform that helps you discover and develop business, technology-related, and creative skills through expert-led course videos. The University of Minnesota offers institutional access here:
  7. Develop a personal website through Google or Drupal with the help of UMN IT guides online:
  8. Access online training and Self-help guides from UMN IT on a variety of topics including Google tools, Drupal, SAS & JMP, Excel, etc. and
  9. The Youtube series CrashCourse offers video playlists educating viewers on a variety of topics including Philosophy, Psychology, and History.
  10. Coursera offers many free online learning courses from leading universities and companies:
  11. Update (or develop) your CV/Resume using resources from the Graduate School and Career Services
  12. Take part in an Academic & Career Development workshops offered by the Graduate School.
  13. Participate in a weekly Stress Buster Online Session: Join the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing for their weekly informal hour of meditation and light movement on Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m. that will leave you feeling physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually rejuvenated.
  14. Work on your mental well-being through LearntoLive webinars:
  15. Prepare yourself for a career outside of academia with webinars from Beyond the Professoriate:
  16. Training Modules to Enhance Data Reproducibility, from NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences:
  17. NIH Office of Research Integrity - many resources and training options on the responsible conduct of research, under “RCR Resources” tab.
  18. NIH Training and Career Development Resources for Postdocs and Early Career Scientists:
  19. Negotiating a job offer:


An over view of resources and upcoming career development events can also be found here